FRIDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

June 14, 2019

2 Corinthians 4:7-15

 

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

 

 

Psalm 116: 10-11, 15-18

 

I kept my faith, even when I said,
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
 I said in my consternation,
    “Everyone is a liar.”

Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful ones.
 O Lord, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
    You have loosed my bonds.
 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
    and call on the name of the Lord.
 I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people

 

 

Matthew 5: 27-32

 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

 

(NRSVCE)

 

 

Meditation

 

Anyone who has had to say no to temptation or sin understands that it can be like cutting something off. It’s painful to say no to a desire. But the impact of avoiding sin is that it produces joy while giving in to sin produces pain. Particularly in regards to sexual practices, when we submit to sexual temptation, our brains form pathways of emotional connectivity and addiction. Sex addiction is prevalent and rampant. But sex addictions more so than any other addiction effect our emotional well being. We cannot separate out our feelings from our biology. We are hard wired to fall in love, or deepen love through sexual intimacy. God is not trying to wreck our fun by calling us into sexual purity, but is actually safeguarding our hearts and emotional heath. He knows that when we cross physical boundaries our whole self crosses the line. Jesus, in His love for us, does not want us to be harmed to that extent.

 

Yet the mercy of Jesus is equally present in this scripture. We carry in our bodies the death of Jesus as we say no to temptation and sin, and we carry His life in our bodies when we receive His new life and healing. No sin or pain is beyond the redemptive touch of Christ. His physical resurrection gave new birth to all of humanity creating the path for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. Jesus' heart is for each of us to experience redemption of our sexuality. We all sin in this area and Christ longs to speak love and bring health. Today, bring to Jesus your sexual wounds. They may be physical, mental, or emotional but know that He can heal them all. Allow Christ to wash away your shame and hurt and let your body reflect the life and healing of Jesus.

 

 

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